Mar 2, 2017

Advertiser Content – 5 easy ways to boost confidence in the gym

Stepping into the gym can be an intimidating experience, there’s no doubt about it. Whether you’re a seasoned pro who knows their WPI from their WPC or a newbie to Anytime Fitness, visiting a new club or time slot or even trying a brand new class can leave your heart racing, before you even step onto the cross trainer.

Finding a variety of strategies to get through the initial ‘gym jitters’ is important as it means you’re far more likely to stick with your new regime or class rather than backing out and waiting for another day. Here are 5 easy ways to boost your confidence in the gym, no advanced technique knowledge required!

  1. Arrive on time and scope out the scene – If you’re new to the gym, trying out a new class or even meeting with a PT for the first time, try and arrive 10 minutes or so before your start time. This gives you time to get changed, stash your gear and scope out the space. There is nothing worse than the stress that comes with running late and feeling rushed, especially when you’re already feeling a touch out of sorts. We know you pack a lot into your day and coordinate your ‘gym time’ around a busy schedule, being organized and on time will enable you to maximize your timetable and your session.
  2. Don’t be afraid to speak up – Nobody wants to be the new kid on the block but pretending that your knowledge or fitness level is more advanced than it actually is can be a recipe for disaster. If you’re struggling with equipment or unsure about your technique, it’s absolutely crucial to ask for help from a staff member or even a more experienced gym goer or class stalwart who should be able to point you in the right direction. You’ll find most our members are happy to help, we were all beginners at some point.
  3. Get your gear sorted – Looking good truly can help you to feel good, especially in a gym context where the correct gear can make all the difference. It’s not about brands or the most cutting edge gear, more so comfortable and functional essentials that allow you to move freely and feel supported. A good sports bra is essential for women as are comfy socks for both sexes. Choose tights/shorts and a t-shirt/singlet that fits well, doesn’t catch in uncomfy places and ideally, draws sweat away and helps keep you cool.
  4. Eliminate the odour factor – If you’re going to the gym, chances are good you’re going to sweat (a little or a lot!) and that’s a good thing! While practical measures like wiping down your equipment after use keep the space sweat free, making sure any body odour is kept under wraps can be key to boosting your confidence as there is a lot of shared air space in a gym environment. A high performance formulation that keeps you dry, eliminates odour and doesn’t leave behind tell-tale white marks is top of the list for most gym-goers. We love Mitchum Clinical Gel which promises invisible 48 hours sweat protection that you can feel but can’t see (hello stain free/white mark free gym clothes!)
  5. Own your achievements (even the little ones) – When you’re starting out in a new class or with a new program, it can be easy to compare yourself to all the other people around you, and feel you come up lacking. Feeling disheartened at your progress isn’t great for your confidence. It’s important to own your achievements, even the smallest ones. When you start recognising what you’re achieving, your confidence will start to blossom as you see what you’re capable of.